1. Archery occupies 100% of your attention and 0%
What do I mean by 100% and 0%? Well, archery is high-key and low-key. A lot of life we are multitasking thinking of something that is not in front of us. According to Harvard Business Review, 46.9% of our days are spent with our minds wandering from what we are doing.
When you shoot a bow and arrow the focus is clear, it is the target and you can monotask easily, especially if you are trying to improve. So archery captivates all of our focus.
But with archery, you can also not focus especially If you have shot archery for a considerable amount of time. You can grab 3 arrows go to your backyard and 30 minutes later you realize that you have been
dreaming, problem-solving, and processing all your life events. This is where the low-key non-focus ties into the therapeutic side of archery. When I shoot a bow (by myself at least) it is low-key enough that I can think about anything. What helps me is to keep my thoughts positive like addition or the multiplication of 2 negatives.
Whether you work from home as a professional napper who needs to focus or your a neurosur
geon who needs to relax, archery can benefit you.
2. Archery Always has a Challenge
Challenges are how we grow and with archery, there is always a challenge if you want it.
Some of my favorite ways to challenge myself are to score each group of shots and try to beat my record, or to see how many arrows in a row I can get within a certain circle.
If you are competitive and want to compete there are tons of archery competitions.
For many archers, hunting
is a huge challenge and very rewarding. If you are thinking that you have maxed out in archery and you cannot get any better, I have 2 words for you, "Scoot Back."
3. Archery is Therapeutic
This is especially true for both bow building and for shooting archery. Archery can be extremely relaxing as it detaches you from the day-to-day.
Sebastjan from Slovenia said this during the pandemic, "You know, a man has to do something to keep his sanity. If this means shooting bow and arrow in the basement of the apartment building at midnight (safety first), so be it." And to that, I say, "Amen!"